Iran's Khamenei Expresses Reservations against Bodies Operating in Parallel to Govt.

Iran's Khamenei Expresses Reservations against Bodies Operating in Parallel to Govt.

Friday, 7 September, 2018 - 08:30
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks at the Hussayniyeh of Imam Khomeini in Tehran, Iran, August 13, 2018. Official Khamenei website/Handout via Reuters
London - Adil Alsalmi
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khameni attempted Thursday to distance himself from criticism directed at agencies that exist parallel to the state, by expressing his reservations against the emergence of these bodies.

He warned against trading accusations among political powers and their negative effect on the public, which is already frustrated by Iran’s poor economy.

He made his remarks after meeting with members of the Assembly of Experts at the conclusion of their mid-year meetings that took place on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Khamenei stood by President Hassan Rouhani’s government as it faces mounting pressure over the deteriorating economy. His defense of the government also included responses to political figures that had made scathing criticism in recent days against agencies that operate in parallel to the government and which are controlled by Khamenei.

These parallel bodies namely include the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps.

“Carrying out these parallel acts does not serve the government,” Khamenei stated. Trading criticism “should take place through a manner that would avoid frustrating the public. Disputes will not lead to reform, just as forming agencies that operate parallel to the state will not serve interests.”

“Experience has proven that parallel work should take place through lawful channels,” he stated.

“Today, Iran’s system faces an all-out economic war that is carefully guided by a war room, but along with this war, there is a major media and propaganda warfare that is often neglected,” Khamenei said.

He added, “The goal of this media war is to create anxiety and pessimism among people toward each other and the authorities, and to exaggerate economic problems in the minds of the public.”

In recent days, Reformist leader Mehdi Karroubi had addressed a letter to the Assembly of Experts in which he called on it to hold Khamenei accountable for his policies during the past 30 years. He also held the “parallel agencies” responsible for the poor internal situation in the country.

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